is one of the largest city in Kerala
. It is renowned for its natural port and its fishing nets that look like the big suspended nets from China
The city is composed of 3 main parts: the peninsula of Mattancheri, commonly called "Fort Cochin", facing the sea, the historical heart of the town; Willington artificial island built in the 20s and Ernakulam the part of the town built on the land. Across from Ernakulam, two smaller islands, the island of Bolghatty. All those zones are linked by ferries or by bridges.
Cochin is a cosmopolitan city full of history, with Jews, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. You will find here the oldest European church in India
, St. Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama is buried, the narrow alleyways lined with five hundred year old pretty Portuguese houses, Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community and a synagogue...
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